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Decarb Network Symposium: Innovations in UK Building Retrofits

Alexandra Robasto

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Retrofitting and renovation of buildings will be key to reaching zero carbon targets. Much of the UK building stock is aging, with a range of ‘hard to treat’ and historic buildings that are difficult to upgrade. On one hand, technologies that exist face challenges of uptake, consumer confidence, and financial commitments. On the other hand, there is a need for new innovations in materials, energy systems, and processes to tackle buildings and new demands on how they are operated – e.g., innovative glazing, facades, insulation, new types of heat distribution materials, novel ventilation systems, smart operation, robotics etc.

The University of Cambridge is organising the Decarbonisation Network Symposium (30th September) to identify innovative emerging technologies in the field of built environment that can be accelerated by industry-academic collaboration.

We are inviting external delegates to give short presentations on:

  • An emerging technology you are working on
  • Its future potential
  • Its technical challenges

Please  submit your interest in giving a presentation, addressing the three bullet points. Presentations from SMEs are particularly welcome.

Student poster competition: The Symposium will feature a student poster competition. Students are invited to join the Symposium and submit abstracts for their proposed posters (max 200 words) on the topic of ‘Innovations in building retrofits’.

Please email your presentation or poster proposal to decarbnetwork@admin.cam.ac.uk no later than the 22th August.

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